Harare Door to Door HIV Survey Launched

THE team conducting the 2019-2020 Zimbabwe Population HIV Based Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey will be leading a door to door gathering and collating of HIV related data with the aim of assessing the progress as well as identifying gaps that could hinder the realisation of the 2030 goal of ending AIDS. By Michael Gwarisa The Harare launch follows the successful commencement of Phase 2 which kicked off after a short festive season sabbatical. Phase one to the survey was completed in December where a community response rate of at least 95…

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CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a  substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved the NAC board a year ago a few weeks after former NAC CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure had resigned. Since January 2019, Mr Raymond Yekeye the NAC Operations Manager and Mr Alfred Manenji the Finance…

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Inflation Erodes AIDS Levy Collections…No ARVs Procured In 2019

RUNAWAY inflation coupled with skyrocketing prices for pharmaceutical products has eroded AIDS Levy collections over the past few months, making it difficult for the National Aids Council (NAC) to procure Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) drugs from foreign suppliers, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Even though treasury gave NAC the green light to access foreign currency from banks at the prevailing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) set interbank rate, the organisation has been struggling to purchase lifesaving drugs from foreign sources since suppliers only accept the United States Dollar (USD). Briefing…

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300 000 People Living With HIV Fail To Access Services

ZIMBABWE has about 300 000 people living with HIV still on the sidelines of accessing treatment services due to poor health seeking behavior among other things. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during a two day Men’s Dialogue involving Traditional and Faith Based leaders on HIV and Health in Harare. On the sidelines of the event, Health Ministry National PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator  Dr Angela Mushavi told HealthTimes that they have learnt that a large number of those left behind in accessing HIV services are men. In…

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CSOs Raise Awareness On HIV & Disabilities At Agric Show

A consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) representing people living with disabilities is riding on the 109th edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show (ZAS) to raise awareness on sexual reproductive health (SRH) issues affecting people with disabilities (PWDs) in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The consortium which consists of Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT), Mashambanzou Care Trust (MCT), Disability, HIV & AIDS Trust (DHAT) with support from the Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) has this week been conducting stand to stand visits on various exhibitions stands educating exhibitors on SRH concerns faced by…

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BREAKING: Govt Appoints New NAC Acting CEO

MR Albert Manenji, National Aids Council of Zimbabwe’s Finance and Administration Manager has been appointed as the Acting Chief Executive Officer by Government pending the selection of a substantive boss. By Kuda Pembere Mr Raymond Yekeye who had been holding this position for over six months will revert back to being the Operations director. “The Ministry of Health & Child Care has appointed NAC Finance & Admin Director Mr Albert Manenji as NAC Acting CEO with immediate effect pending appointment of substantative CEO. Mr Raymond Yekeye NAC Operations Director who…

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Is NAC On Autopilot?

IT’S been three months since Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dismissed the whole National Aids Council (NAC) board over its failure to turn around fortunes of the organisation. By Michael Gwarisa Not only is NAC running without a board but the organisation has no substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in place. Currently, Mr Raymond Yekeye the Operations Director has been CEO on an acting capacity  for the past six months now. As a news publication, we have made countless efforts to contact the Minster regarding the NAC…

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Depression: Silent Killer for Young Girls & Women Living With HIV

PUBERTY is one stage associated with anxiety, joy and stress for young girls transitioning from childhood to adulthood. The hormonal and reproductive changes which include the bulging bust, widening of hips, protruding hindquarters and menstrual flows all just come too fast within a short space of time. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru However, for adolescents and young girls living with HIV, this phase could be traumatic and heart rending in the absence of proper counselling and psychosocial support. Phyliss Mavushe (24), a young person living with HIV and also…

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NAC CEO Interviews Soon: Health Minister

APPLICATIONS for the position of National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NAC)chief executive officer are trickling in with interviews set to be held soon. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo told HealthTimes that the response to the call for applications was overwhelming. “Then the issue of the CEO there are people who have applied and we are going to be conducting interviews soon,” he said. Government has since requested organisations even those in the HIV sector to submit their applications. Six people from the sector submitted…

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NAC To Pump Out $15 Mln To Pay Foreign Suppliers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is now forced to pump out an extra RTGS$9 million on top of the initial $6 million  in-order to pay foreign suppliers for an ARVs drug consignment that was received when the official market rate between the bond note and US dollar was still pegged at 1:1. By Kudakwashe Pembere In December last year, NAC revealed to a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that they had received US$6 million worth of drugs from foreign suppliers,  an amount they were struggling to settle following government’s move…

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